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RSF says Chinese security goons kidnapped a blogger

RSF says Chinese security goons kidnapped a blogger
RSF says Chinese security goons kidnapped a blogger




-------- Original Message --------
Subject: CHINA : After two months without news, authorities accused of 
'kidnapping' blogger / CHINE : Deux mois sans nouvelles du blogger Hao 
Wu : Reporters sans  fronti=E8res d=E9nonce un kidnapping
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 09:54:12 +0200
From: rsf.Internet  

English / fran=E7ais
26 April 2006

Reporters Without Borders / Internet Freedom desk


CHINA

AFTER TWO MONTHS WITHOUT NEWS, AUTHORITIES ACCUSED OF 'KIDNAPPING' BLOGGER

Reporters Without Borders today said it
considered Chinese blogger Hao Wu to be the
victim of state abduction as more than two months
have gone by since his arrest by the National
Security Bureau in Beijing without his family
getting any news about him. His lawyer has not
been allowed to see him, but has been told his
client is under house arrest.

"This case shows the Chinese security services
operate without any control by the courts,"
Reporters Without Borders said. "Hao is the
victim of an arbitrary system that interprets the
law as it sees fit. We call on European and
American diplomats to raised his case at their
meetings with the Chinese authorities. We are
curious know how they will justify the National
Security Bureau's procedures."

In a message posted yesterday on her blog
(http://spaces.msn.com/wuhaofamily/blog/), Hao's 
sister, Na Wu, said she had hired a lawyer who
asked three questions during an interview with
the National Security Bureau on 21 April: why his
client is being held longer than allowed by the
law, why the authorities refuse to inform his
client's family, and why they refuse to let him
see his client, which they should have done
within the first 48 hours of his arrest.

The National Security Bureau replied that these
were just "misunderstandings." Hao was no longer
in detention, he was under "house arrest," the
bureau said. At the same time, the case was
"classified," which explained why no information
had been given about the charges against Hao and
where he was being held. Finally, neither Hao's
family or his lawyer had been allowed to see him
because they had not formally requested it, the
bureau added.

Na said she has never been directly notified
about her brother's arrest. The classified nature
of the arrest is completely new and has never
previously been mentioned by the bureau. Hao's
lawyer also posts comments on his blog. He wrote
that Hao should have been placed under "house
arrest" no more than 30 days after his arrest.
Calling the case "classified" was just a pretext
for not disclosing the charges against Hao, he
added.

Na finished her latest message with the follow
comments: "If you have already visited my blog
and are already aware of the efforts we have
undertaken since his arrest, you will understand
how unconvincing the National Security Bureau's
explanations and excuses are." In a phone with
Reporters Without Borders, she added: "The police
have made it clear to me that they are aware of
everything I have said and done."

Hao has a blog called Beijing or Bust in which he
writes under the pseudonym of  Beijing Loafer. He
is also the North-East Asia editor of the website
Global Voices, to which he contributes under name
of  Tian Yi. He was arrested on 22 February while
preparing a report on China's underground
protestant churches.

Global Voices has set up a Hao support site: 
http://ethanzuckerman.com/haowu 


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CHINE

DEUX MOIS SANS NOUVELLES DU BLOGGER HAO WU :
REPORTERS SANS FRONTIERES DENONCE UN "KIDNAPPING"


La famille du blogger Hao Wu est sans nouvelles
de lui plus de deux mois apr=E8s son arrestation
par le Bureau de la s=E9curit=E9 publique (PSB) de
P=E9kin. Son avocat, qui n'a toujours pas =E9t=E9
autoris=E9 =E0 le voir, a toutefois =E9t=E9 inform=E9 du
transfert de son client dans une "r=E9sidence
surveill=E9e".

"Nous consid=E9rons que Hao Wu a =E9t=E9 kidnapp=E9.
Cette affaire d=E9montre que les services de
s=E9curit=E9 chinois agissent hors de tout contr=F4le
judiciaire. Ce blogger est victime d'un syst=E8me
arbitraire, qui interpr=E8te la loi =E0 sa
convenance. Nous demandons aux diplomates
europ=E9ens et am=E9ricains d'aborder le cas de ce
blogger lors de leurs rencontres avec les
autorit=E9s chinoises. Nous sommes curieux de
savoir comment celles-ci pourront justifier les
proc=E9d=E9s utilis=E9s par le PSB ", a d=E9clar=E9
l'organisation.

Dans un message post=E9 sur son blog
(http://spaces.msn.com/wuhaofamily/blog/) le 24 
avril, la s=A6ur de Hao Wu, Na Wu, explique avoir
engag=E9 un avocat. Ce dernier a pos=E9 trois
questions lors de son entretien, le 21 avril,
avec le PSB  : Pourquoi le maintien en d=E9tention
de son client exc=E8de-t-il le maximum pr=E9vu par la
loi chinoise ? Pourquoi les autorit=E9s
refusent-elles d'informer les proches ? Pourquoi
refusent-elles qu'il rencontre son client, ce
qu'il aurait d=FB pouvoir faire dans les 48 heures
suivant l'arrestation. Le Bureau de la s=E9curit=E9
publique a r=E9pondu qu'il ne s'agissait que de
"malentendus". En effet, selon cette
administration, Hao Wu ne serait plus en
d=E9tention,  mais en "r=E9sidence surveill=E9e".
D'autre part, l'affaire serait class=E9e "secret",
ce qui expliquerait l'absence de communication
des chefs d'accusation ou du lieu de d=E9tention.
Enfin, l'avocat n'aurait pas =E9t=E9 autoris=E9 =E0
rencontrer Hao Wu car, toujours d'apr=E8s le PSB,
ni lui ni sa famille n'en auraient fait
officiellement la demande.

Na Wu affirme qu'elle n'a jamais =E9t=E9 inform=E9e
directement sur la situation de son fr=E8re. Le
caract=E8re secret de cette affaire est, selon
elle, un =E9l=E9ment tout =E0 fait nouveau, qui n'avait
jamais =E9t=E9 =E9voqu=E9 par le PSB.  Les conclusions de
l'avocat sont =E9galement publi=E9es sur son blog.
Celui-ci pr=E9cise que, selon la loi chinoise, Hao
Wu aurait d=FB =EAtre plac=E9 en "r=E9sidence surveill=E9e"
au maximum 30 jours apr=E8s son arrestation. Quant
au caract=E8re secret de cette affaire, il indique
qu'il ne s'agit que d'un pr=E9texte pour ne pas
r=E9v=E9ler les charges retenues contre son client.

Na Wu termine son message ainsi : "Si vous avez
d=E9j=E0 visit=E9 mon blog et que vous =EAtes au courant
de tous les efforts que nous avons d=E9ploy=E9 depuis
son arrestation, vous savez =E0 quel point les
explications et les pr=E9textes avanc=E9s par le
Bureau de la s=E9curit=E9 publique sont peu
convaincants". "La police m'a bien fait
comprendre qu'ils  =E9taient au courant de tous mes
faits et gestes", a-t-elle pr=E9cis=E9 dans un
entretien t=E9l=E9phonique avec Reporters sans
fronti=E8res.

Hao Wu tenait un blog intitul=E9 P=E9kin ou Rien,
dans lequel il =E9crivait sous le nom de plume de
"flemmard de P=E9kin". Il contribuait par ailleurs
au site Global Voices, en tant que responsable
=E9ditorial pour la zone Asie du Nord-Est. Sur ce
site, il =E9crivait en anglais sous le pseudonyme
de Tian Yi. Il a =E9t=E9 arr=EAt=E9 le 22 f=E9vrier 2006,
alors qu'il r=E9alisait un reportage sur l'Eglise
protestante clandestine de Chine.


-- 
Julien Pain
Bureau Internet et libert=E9s / Internet Freedom desk
___________________________________________

Reporters sans fronti=E8res / Reporters Without Borders
TEL: ++ 33 (0) 1 44 83 84 71
FAX: ++ 33 (0) 1 45 23 11 51
internet@rsf.org 
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http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=527 

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